At Timothy Lea & Griffiths we understand that every house is a home regardless of whether you have lived in it, or purchased it as an investment. Our excellent service standards guide you through every aspect of letting your property.
Experience, Attention to Detail and Professionalism
If you are considering a Letting Agent, thank you for reading this, we hope it will be helpful. Here is a snapshot of what we provide for you:
· We provide a service beyond the usual standard
· Our team of experts provide peace of mind and protection for your property
· We think outside the box
· We have the knowledge and experience to ensure that you avoid the potential pitfalls of letting property
· Our lettings team will keep you informed at every step in the process
· We have experienced, friendly and approachable staff
· We can advise you on the latest lettings legislation
· Qualified residential letting specialists
· We give you advice from the moment you have thought about buying a Buy-To-Let property through to the day the first tenant residence
· We can guide you through registering as a non-resident landlord with HMRC when you are abroad
· Carefully Referenced Tenants
· A Safe Pair of Hands
Services that are beyond what you might expect from a letting agent and provided by Timothy Lea & Griffiths are:
· We can provide 24 hour/365 day access to your letting accounts. Even if you are the other side of the world you can look at your statement online any time
· We can provide comprehensive landlords insurance for your property that includes cover for landlords contents and liabilities that many other insurance policies do not cover.
· We are fully regulated by the RICS, the top regulatory authority, and you can be assured that your money is secure. This regulation safeguards the money we hold for you and not every agent is covered for this! (www.tlgea.com)
· We have dedicated local staff including a specialist accounts team. Your property will be cared for from our Evesham Office
· Attention to detail
· A service the public and other professionals recommend
· Legal Advice
CAREFUL, CARING, AND EXCEEDINGLY GOOD AT WHAT WE DO
It is widely recognised that purchasing a new property, whether it be residential or commercial, is one of the largest transactions a private person ever enters into.
Economists refer to property as being a "lumpy" investment, by this they mean that there are always large sums of money involved when one purchases or leases a freehold interest in a property. A small residential flat will cost £80,000, a large residential house can run to several millions of pounds. Due to the size of investment it is always prudent to have a survey commissioned on the property before you finally commit to purchase to ensure you are acquiring what you think you are being offered.
Timothy Lea & Griffiths, a team of surveyors who are also regulated chartered valuers, are able to offer a comprehensive survey service simply by having these two specialisations. We can take an independent unemotional view of the property and ensure you avoid purchasing a potential home or business premises with serious structural faults, which can result in costly repairs to be put right, which only become noticeable once you have moved in.
There are three types of survey report:
This provides an objective overview of the condition of the property. It will highlight areas of major concern, but without extensive detail. The report is printed on a standard RICS template.
Homebuyer Valuation Report
This report is more detailed and includes a check on the property's valuation and is also produced on a standard RICS template. The report will give advice on any defects that may affect the value of the property, along with recommendations for repairs and ongoing maintenance.
It excludes cost estimates for repairs and any detailed description of the construction of the building, or detailed advice on specific defects. Any defects found during the inspection will be listed as this might affect the valuation of the property due to potential repair costs and ongoing maintenance costs.
This report is a good choice if you have concerns about the state of the property and how much any problems could cost further down the line. It will list any urgent issues that need inspecting by a specialist before signing a contract and will include a test for damp in walls and damage to timbers, including wood worm or soft wood rots. It is not usually suitable for properties in need of renovation, or if you are planning major alterations to the property.
Before commissioning a Homebuyer's Survey and Valuation Report you must ensure that the report will be acceptable to your building society or bank. If the financial institution has its own valuer then it might be better to commission a Condition Report, which contains no valuation element.
This report is particularly useful for older, larger or non-traditional properties. It is also suitable for properties that have been extensively altered, or for a property where a major conversion or renovation project is planned.
A building survey is a comprehensive report providing a full break down of the fabric and condition of the property with a diagnosis of defects, repairs and maintenance advice. Often, we will provide an estimate of repair costs based on previous experience with other properties. If required we can organise tradesmen to provide a detailed quotation, but this would incur an extra charge.
As with all surveys, costs for this type of building survey will vary, depending on the size of the property and where it is.
Timothy Lea & Griffiths often carry out a Condition Report, and if they find that there are problems in a property, will make an onsite report verbally to the client. If, at that stage, the client wishes to increase the level of survey report we are able to convert the survey from a Condition Report to a full Building Survey. In this instance quotes for providing this service would be agreed verbally and then confirmed in writing once the survey had been completed.
If you are considering purchasing a property, please feel free to talk to one of our surveyors for informal advice. Our office telephone number is 01386 444900.
Horticultural Surveying Services
Timothy Lea & Griffiths are recognised as being regional experts in surveying matters relating to horticultural property. Horticulture is a diverse industry in the United Kingdom. It extends from field and plantation crops, vegetables grown on a field scale, to intensive glasshouse nurseries, which are almost space age in design using very advanced equipment to control growing environments.
The glasshouse sector sub-divides again into salad production, hydroponics and ornamental production. Some advanced nurseries use robotics to assist with mass production of pot plants. Others have combined heat and power generating systems to both convert gas and oil to heat and electrical energy.
Timothy Lea & Griffiths have years of experience of horticulture and are experts in valuing horticultural nurseries and garden centres. By having a widely experienced commercial property department, comprehensive advice can be given relating to Landlord and Tenant matters, valuations and agency requirements, whether it be selling a freehold interest or leasing a property, either for short term use or long term use.
Timothy Lea & Griffiths are able to provide;
a) Regulated valuations for horticultural property
b) Agency services on a regional basis using comprehensive websites such as Novaloca, Focus CoStar and Right Move
In the first instance, if you have a technical enquiry please contact Tony Rowland on 01386 444900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Commercial Department at Timothy Lea & Griffiths has a team of knowledgeable and experienced staff headed by Tony Rowland, a qualified Chartered Surveyor with extensive local knowledge so that you know the advice you are getting is the best that you can get.
The services offered by our Commercial Department include:
· Commercial agency-advice on the rental value, the sale value and suitability of properties for your business.
· We use a range of websites to promote your property including Rightmove, Novaloca and Focus CoStar
· Probate valuations and reports helping you at a very difficult time dealing with a deceased estate
· Regulated valuations for bank security and accounting requirements
· Transferring ownership of property between interested parties. Guiding you through the process of disposing or purchasing a property
· Development site appraisals we can help you to find a development site to meet your business needs
· Landlord and tenant advice making the best of a lease situation even when we did not put the tenant into the property. If you have a problem with a lease then we can help
· Party wall matters a hotly disputed area of property which can be very difficult when dealing with your neighbours. We can help take the "personality" out of these problems
· Management of commercial property including management of service charges, rent collection and preparation of management accounts relating to the property dilapidations, renewals and rent reviews
· Production of residential and commercial EPCs
Specialist services that are beyond what you might expect from a commercial agent and provided by Timothy Lea & Griffiths
· We have excellent technical expertise in dealing with unique commercial property issues providing sound professional advice for each individual circumstance
· Management of insurance reinstatement projects when the worst happens to your home or business e.g. fire or flood, we can guide you through the process of reinstating the property
Residential Block Management
At Timothy Lea & Griffiths we are proud to offer Residential Block Management services which can be tailored to your sites specific needs
Residential Block Management
We manage a number of local residential sites that require management of service charges as part of their leasehold property requirements. The requirement of these managed sites encompass many of the following services:
· Site visits and reviews to report back to meetings with recommendations for the continual upkeep (and improvements where required)
· Management and recommendation of contractors ensuring work on the site is completed to the highest standard
· Making sure the building is insured continually and managing any insurance claim on behalf of the management company
· Management of estate finances, service charge collection and ensuring accounts are audited and filed with Companies House
· Assisting directors, attending meetings, setting agendas and ensuring that the Companies Act is complied with at all times
· Liaising between leaseholders and the management committee to ensure that residents requirements are met
· We use modern online accounting software. Individual residents service charge accounts accessible 24 hours a day